This morning when I arrived at the elementary school, I walked into the service center to make a few photocopies – and I saw one of the teachers wearing a prom dress.
Um, okay…? I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that, but the other teachers in the area didn’t seem to take any notice, so…fine? I guess?
Once I finished the preparations for my lesson, I walked down the hall – and saw a few girls (second grade students) wearing frilly dresses. I didn’t think much of it; some younger girls like to “dress up” and wear holiday dresses on any ol’ random day, just because they can. I smiled kindly at the girls, and entered the classroom where I volunteer.
As the kids started to enter and take their seats, I saw many girls were wearing frilly dresses – even some of the girls who usually live in jeans and t-shirts. As students continued to trickle in, I then noticed that many of the boys were wearing ties. What the heck is going on?
After a few moments of confusion, the teacher entered the classroom – and explained to me that today was “Fine Dining Day” at the school. All of the students were encouraged to dress in attire appropriate for a “fine dining experience”.
Nearly all of the students in this class embraced the concept of Fine Dining Day, and truly went all-out to look their best. One little girl who has worn jeans, a long-sleeve t-shirt topped with a short-sleeve t-shirt, and jeans every single day of the year to this point arrived in the class today wearing a calf-length navy blue-and-white poufy dress. One little boy wore a tie, and felt so proud that he walked over to me before class began, and just pointed to his tie. He couldn’t even form words – all he could do was beam, and smile broadly, and point to his tie. When I smiled at him and said, “Wow, you look terrific today!” he finally spoke and excitedly said, “This is the tie I wore to my dad’s wedding!” As students began to take their seats, I scanned the room and looked at each child – and did a double-take at the boy wearing a three-piece black suit with a pressed white shirt, red tie, and matching red, white, and black tennis shoes.
A question of recent ages is, “Do clothes make the man, or does the man make the clothes?” Today, the clothes definitely made a difference for a group of eight-year-olds – as well as for this thirty-something woman. : )